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him tea and his own personalized wedding mug. good morning and welcome to 9news now. today is monday, april 4th. i'm andrea roane. >> i'm surae chinn in for mike hydeck. thank you for joining us today. angie, you've got traffic in just a moment. first, we're look forward to the first start of the work week that's looking pretty fantastic. >> today is a great day. if you have today off, you won the weather lottery! it is going to be windy but it is going to be warm as temperatures get close to the 80 degree mark which will feel real nice. yesterday, we hit 60. tomorrow, we'll be back in the 60 degree neighborhood. here's a look at our day planner because we do have a few clouds around this morning. by noon, mostly sunny. upper 60s. we'll top around 80 and the afternoon high with a 5:00 p.m. temperature of 77. the winds will gust at times 30 miles per hour or so. look at the thunderstorms we had last night. couple of rounds hit areas especially north and east of washington.
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this morning, we're left with mostly cloudy skies and your temperatures, 39 in culpepper and petersburg. it is 51 in fredericksburg. frederick is 37 and annapolis, 49. again, sunshine, windy and pushing 80 later on. it is 4:31. angie goff is in with timesaver traffic. >> good morning, everybody. thank you very much. howard, right now, we're kicking off our monday morning with the green light. that's because overall, most places checking out ok. the one type we're following is the southeast southwest freeway heading eastbound past the third street tunnel. we have all lanes currently blocked. we hope to have this back open in the next 45 minutes. you have your westbound lanes open. construction on 95 holding steady at 32 for northbound travelers. also northbound travelers at 198, will you run into construction going southbound. you're losing a couple of lanes as well. all should be clearing by the 5:00 hour. moving it over to southbound 29 at briggs cheney road, we have more work zones set up. this is a look at 270.
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no problems to report past this exit at 109 all the way down toward the split. in virginia, we're tracking 66 heading eastbound. out of manassas toward inside the beltway, we're finding an incident-free, smooth sailing commute. we're checking out the brandywine quinton area at 4:40. now back to you. southwest airlines may have to cancel more flights in the coming days as it continues checking its older boeing 737s for cracks like those blamed for a fuselage breach friday. >> three more of the planes checked so far have been found to have similar cracks. as joel brown tells us, nearly 60 additional southwest 737s still need to be scrutinized. >> reporter: this section of the southwest airlines jet that ruptured in flight is being shipped to washington. federal investigators want to know what caused it to break apart and what caused the tiny cracks discovered on three other southwest 737s. >> it will undergo intense, in-
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depth an analysis. >> on friday, passengers on board southwest airlines flight 812 captured home video of a five foot long hole after the fuselage ripped open. the plane landed safely in arizona. southwest quickly grounded 80 of its 737s for inspection and canceled hundreds of flights over the weekend. investigators from the national transportation safety board say the quarter inch cracks were discovered long joints that run the length of the plane. until now, that was an area that wasn't considered vulnerable to problems. >> there are methods using technology to inspect that just in the industry, it was not thought this was an area that needed to be inspected. >> across the nation, southwest passengers are watching closely. >> i'm concerned but i need to get home. >> any concerns? >> a little bit. but you know, i think they're taking care of it. >> the ntsb says the jet's manufacturer, boeing, is delivering a service bulletin that suggests immediate checks
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on similar models with comparable flight time and age. joel brown, cbs news, washington. more southwest cancellations are expected today while the carrier continues inspecting its jets. also new this morning, katie couric is leaving her anchor post at the cbs evening news. her departure comes less than five years after becoming the first woman to anchor a network television evening newscast solo. the 54-year-old anchor is expected to launch a syndicated talk show in 2012 and several companies are vying for her services, including cbs. no departure date has been set for couric. her cbs news contract expires june 4th. in sports, the ncaa women's basketball championship game is set. and for the first time in two years, the uconn lady huskies will not be there. last night, notre dame defeated two-time defending champ connecticut, 72-63. notre dame will play texas a&m in the championship game tuesday night.
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the aggies slipped by sanford 63-62 earlier in the day on sunday. u.s. warplanes will fly strike missions in libya until sometime tonight. american forces had planned to end missions on saturday but nato requested a 48 hour extension after bad weather hampered operations over the last couple of days. nato is hoping rebels by targeting forces loyal to libyan leader moammar gadhafi. >> supporters of president obama could receive a video text or e-mail message straight from the president today. he's expected to announce entrance run for re-election in 2012. so far, no republican contenders have formally announced the presidential bid. the timing of the president's election relaunch comes as lawmakers battle over the budget to avoid government shutdowns. >> angie mentioned an early morning accident near the third street tunnel has left one person dead. at least two cars collided on 395 south of tunnel just after midnight. several people were injured. one person was pronounced dead
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at the scene. right now, traffic is moving through the third street tunnel. however, the eastbound lanes of the southeast-southwest freeway are blocked coming out of the tunnel. >> virginia state police have located the driver of a taxicab which struck and killed a young herndon, virginia, man. around 3:00 a.m. sunday morning, the taxi struck and killed 23-year-old daniel s. parks. parks stop theed on the side of i-66 and walked into the middle of the roadway to vomit. it is not known if the taxi driver knew he had hit someone. they're looking for two passengers in the cab to get their accounts of what happened. police have not released the identity of a man whose body was found saturday in northeast. the body was found behind a liquor store in the 5500 block of third street. not far from the fort totten metro station. the man had been shot. japanese engineers are still struggling to stabilize the crippled nuclear power plant in northern japan.
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they are trying to stop radioactive water from leaking. one official was now warning it will be months before the crisis is under control. sunday in tokyo, hundreds marched outside the tokyo power company. they're calling on the government to shut down all nuclear power plants and to increase the level of aid to survivors of last month's earthquake and tsunami. the death toll now tops at 12,000 people. more than 160,000 are displaced. another 15,000 are still missing. back here in our region, former maryland governor william donald shaver is back home this morning. the 89-year-old was hospitalized this weekend after a a minor case of pneumonia. schaefer was admitted to st. agnes hospital in baltimore. schaefer is a former four-time mayor of baltimore and two-term governor. at 4:41, if you've ever been a customer at best buy, tivo and walgreens, hackers may already have access to your e-
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mail. >> the transportation department takes steps in preventing fatal explosions around the country. >> but up next, a quick check on the forecast to get you out the door. we're back with your weather first in two minutes. mary! hey!
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i just wish it and it happens. it's probably those fiber one bars you're eating. i know they help me stick to my diet. the bars are 90 calories and the fiber helps you feel full. 90 calories and high fiber. so that's why this diet thing is working. but it's weird because my wish for lorenzo came true. [ male announcer ] fiber one 90 calorie bars. hungry no. results yes. 4:40 on this monday morning. it is chilly this morning. we've got a couple of spots in the upper 30s. partly to mostly cloudy early. 54. temperatures take off with south and southwest winds in the 15 to 25 range. gusting to near 30. we'll be well up into the 70s. some spots will hit 80. we'll cool down tomorrow. right now, angie goff has the latest on the monday morning traffic. >> appreciate it, hb. always clear out on route 4.
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route 5. still ahead, we'll get a check on some virginia construction hanging around. andrea and surae, back to you. >> angie, time for the first your money report of the morning. >> jessica doyle is here with today's headlines. what's going on in the market? >> happy monday! >> investors are headed back to wall street in an upbeat mood, we like that. a better than expected jobs report on friday. helped boost the dow gaining 1.2% for the week. as for the week ahead, only a handful of economic reports and earnings are on the calendar. checking the numbers, the dow stands at 12,376, finished day up almost 57 points. the s&p 500 was up by 6 points. just 14 days until federal taxes are due. tax day is not until april 18th. three days later than normal because of the holiday in the district. the i.r.s. says they expect to receive 140 million individual tax returns. the average refund around $3,000 this year.
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if you're a customer of best buy, tivo, walgreens, a number of other companies, there is a fair chance hackers know your e-mail address. those are some of the latest customers of the company called epsilon to report that hackers got into their customer files. epsilon is investigating. hackers could use addresses to extract other information. there's possibilities for phishing scams and some users are reporting they're getting spam as a result of this. >> that's a lot of concern there. >> it is a big number of people. for sure. >> all right, jessica. thank you. well, some procedures begin today as d.c. students prepare to take their standardized tests. >> the navy opens its doors to tourists. we'll explain when we return.
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here he is! basking in the forecast. howard bernstein. i think it was 10:30 last night, kaboom! >> only 10:30, only once?
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>> only once. that was enough. it was window-shattering! >> areas to the north and northeast, two or three rounds of thunderstorms last night. >> it was something else. the payoff will be pretty good. >> good day today. of some us are a little tired and crankier than normal due to the lack of sleep. >> thank you, mother nature. >> today, that's my excuse today, andrea. >> your bus stop forecast, we've got some cloudy skies this morning. however, it is dry. although the showers and storms are gone. left over from the other day. 40s and 50s. sun is up earlier and earlier. we're into the 6:49 range. our day planner, got some clouds early. lower 50s here at 8:00. by noon, mid-60s if not upper 60s. mid-70s at 4:00. we're going to top off somewhere upper 70s, low 80s across the region today. you'll notice the winds south at 18. south at 20. south to southwest in the 15 to
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25 range gusting to near 30. it is going to be a windy day. by 8:00, we're back down to a breezy 72 degrees. if you have an evening game or sports practice there, whether it be soccer or baseball or softball or something, it will be windy but it will be rather mild. look at the waves of showers and storms. last one, there it goes over the last couple of hours. warm front pushed through overnight. sometimes like a cold front, you get enough lift and you get showers and storms and that's what we had. right now, we're at 50 degrees. 40s to the north. it is 41 at culpepper. 52 at the patuxent naval air station. bill in newland, even in baltimore, we're still relatively mild at 48. cool spot, columbia checking in at 45 right now. they're one of the cooler ones. manassas and alexandria are at 52 degrees this morning. it is 48 up in gaithersburg. great falls and sterling and arlington all at 50 along with reagan national under mostly
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cloudy skies. winds are south at 11. we do have a little bit of a wind chill that makes it feel like it is in the lower to middle 40s. we have a 10 degree spread. the humidity is 68%. a severe thunderstorm watch at this time across parts of arkansas. this is in advance of a cold front. ahead of this cold front, we've got a warm southwest wind. you can see the showers and storms from chicago moving toward indianapolis and st. louis this morning. the showers, they're all the way up here pushing across long island and parts of new york state. what we're going to watch on the future cast is a good deal of sunshine as we head toward midday. and later on this afternoon. if you're travelling out to pittsburgh, going to spend the night, they'll get storms by 8:00. that pushes through overnight into tuesday morning so tomorrow morning, the commute could be wet with showers.even some thunderstorms in spots. even at 9:00, still some rain around. by midday, we'll kick it out of here and have a much better tuesday afternoon. a much cooler one, too, with highs tomorrow only around 60.
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upper 70s to near 80. showers and storms late tonight for the first part of tuesday. but then tuesday, some afternoon sun. 60. nice on wednesday. slight chance of a shower north. 62. thursday, we're in the upper 60s. we're back in the 70s for the end of the week and the weekend. some storms saturday and sunday looks warm again as highs push the 80 degree mark. liking that, right, angie? >> loving that! >> thank you, hb. 12 minutes away from the 5:00 hour. right now, we have the yellow light because we're not only dealing with construction but also an accident as we head over to the real time graphics that has all of the eastbound lanes on the southeast southwest freeway past third street tunnel shut down. hopefully the lanes will be opened back up. meanwhile, you can access the westbound lanes. let's move it over to construction. 95 headed northbound, you'll find it at 32. going to find it in your northbound and southbound lanes at 198. all of this should be clearing in the next 15 minutes. same goes for southbound 29 as you move over to where it meets
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briggs cheney road. that's where the left lane of traffic is getting by. as far as construction in virginia, everything is all clear. here's a good example. 395 making your way past the duke street exit all the way to the 14th street bridge. for drivers who travel the inner loop early on this monday morning, between 95 and 66, you'll find your lanes wide open. still ahead, a check on 267 headed eastbound at dulles toll road at 4:56. back to andrea and surae. >> thank you, angie. a new phase of construction begins in just a few minutes on the 14th street bridge. >> the drivers who use the bridge will need to get used to a new traffic pattern as andrea mccarren tells us, between the bridge work and the thousands of people visiting for the cherry blossoms descending in washington, it could be another tough morning commute. >> reporter: only one adjective can aptly describe what it was like on a beautiful sunday along the tidal basin during cherry blossom season. >> packed, packed, packed.
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>> well after night fall, tourists were still flocking to the jefferson memorial. a steady convoy of tour buses lined up along east basin drive. a family from los angeles didn't want to miss a thing. >> he had a great time. did everything we could. and my wife made my legs hurt but -- >> i tortured them. now, we have a lot of fun. it was a great experience for my son. >> can you estimate how many miles you probably walked in the last couple of days? >> probably 20. >> how far did mom make you walk? >> at least 50 miles. >> 15? or 50? [ laughter ] >> reporter: many of those on foot took metro which set ridership records last cherry blossom season. >> in the smithsonian stop, the line is like out the door like up the stairs really bad. >> some braved the crowds. >> we rented a bike. and it is a little hectic trying to navigate through the people. it is great.
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>> cherry blossom watchers aside, a new challenge emerges monday morning. near the north end of the 14 the street bridge, part of the left center lane will be blocked off. travel lanes were split around a new center island of construction. >> now, the new phase of construction on the 14th street bridge is 2/3 complete and the phase is expected to last six to eight weeks. changes are in store for today's d.c. assessment test. they come less than a week after a report of alleged cheating. our gannett partners at "usa today" first broke the story, revealing the irregularities in the standardized tests. which has now led to a d.c. public schools investigation. the state supreme court of education will now place a seal on the exam booklet that will only be broken by the student prior to testing. we're also told staffers from the central office will monitor the test, especially as schools like noyes and null where there have been questions. >> right now, you know, we don't know who to believe. they need to step up and do
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some independent certifications and step back and relook at how they do the whole process of testing and holding teachers and principals accountable. >> testing begins today for grades 3-8 and the tenth grade. today, transportation secretary ray lahood is scheduled to announce a new program to repair and replace aging oil and gas pipelines across the nation. the goal is to prevent explosions such as a recent deadly blast in allentown, pennsylvania, which killed five people and destroyed several businesses and homes. similar explosions happened last september in california and in january in philadelphia. well, the u.s. postal service has finally approved using tysons corner as an official mailing address. until now, tysons was either mclean or vienna, depending on which part you were talking about. next on the wish list, tysons only zip code. before we head to break, it is time for the question of the morning. >> ok. so, what is the number one dream job for most americans?
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is it being an actor or actress, an athlete or a singer or a musician? >> go to our facebook page and post your response and we'll share some of them later in the next hour. [ asst mgr ] what are you doing?
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it can also lead to serious dental problems. [ male announcer ] new act total care dry mouth is alcohol-free and has fluoride to strengthen teeth. stronger teeth and dry mouth relief. welcome back. 4:55. howard bernstein here with your weather first. we have cloudy skies around now. as we go through the morning, clouds will start to break. by 9:00, still cool. upper 40s to mid-50s. look what happens midday. sunshine, we're in the 60s, 70
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in culpepper. this afternoon, mid-70s, 3:00 to upper 70s west of washington with sunny skies. we'll top out near the 80 degree mark in spots and be very nice afternoon but the storms late tonight will change things. details are coming up. angie goff is in with your timesaver traffic. >> thank you, howard. happy monday, everybody. it is smooth say thing along 267, the dulles tollway to the beltway. still to come, a check on your maryland roads early on this monday morning. this at 5:01. now back to you. thank you, angie. the easter bunny hopped into the top spot at the weekend box office. russell brand's family comedy, hop, debuted at number one with $38.1 million. he provides the voice of the new reluctant easter bunny hop. "source code" debuted at number two. the haunted house insidious opened at third with $13.5 million. >> if you're a harry potter fan, there is a new exhibition
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sure to excite even the muggles in your life. the hogwarts hall filled with magical goodies have come to times square. it is 14,000 square feet of displays. the temporary exhibit is interactive and you had better soak it up now because there is only one more film until the series is over. until the next other thing they'll make up. hollywood's biggest stars don't endorse many products in the u.s. but overseas, they sell everything from shaving cream to sports cars. leonardo decap i wereio is the latest to -- dicaprio will earn a reported $5 million in a tv ad campaign for a chinese cell phone company. the deal is believed to be the most lucrative endorsement contract for the 36-year-old "inception" star. last year, julia roberts earned $1.5 million just to appear in an italian coffee commercial. >> not bad. the 46th annual academy of country music awards were held
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sunday night. >> miranda lambert was the big winner while a rock star walked the line to jam out with the country stars. sandra hughes has a complete wrap-up of the big winners on the red carpet glamour. >> fans of teen sensation taylor swift crowned her entertainer of the year in sunday night's academy of country music awards. >> it is just the biggest thing in the world to me because my heroes won that award. >> another young country star swept the rest of the evening. miranda lambert was the night's top nominee and walked away with best single, song and video of the year for her hit "the house that built me." she also won top female vocalist. >> i expect to chill and be happy to be there because last year was so awesome. >> lady antebellum won for album of the year need you now. sugarland won best vocal duo. for the fifth straight time, brad paisley won for top male vocalist. >> i really thought that's it.
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four and that's really amazing. >> the red carpet here at the acms are unlike any other celebrity event. you'll see outfits like this to glam and glitz to good ole cowboy duds. that same mixing and matching was on stage, too. ♪ walk this way >> steven tyler and carrie underwood stole the show in their plug for "american idol." brad paisley got back to his roots with alabama. sugar land's jennifer nettles rocked with rhianna. all made it a night to remember. sandra hughes, cbs news, los angeles. good morning and thank you for watching 9news now at 5:00 a.m., i'm andrea roane. >> i'm surae chinn in for mike hide they can morning. angie goff has traffic in just a moment. but we are looking forward to today's weather. >> yes. yes. i'm sure mike looking forward to tonight's basketball game, the uconn graduate. >> the lady huskies aren't in the final. >> but the men are. >> weatherwise, you should get excited about this afternoon if yoke


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